Kettle Island, Kentucky

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Kettle Island, Kentucky
Unincorporated community
Kettle Island, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
Kettle Island, Kentucky
Kettle Island, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°47′26″N 83°36′19″W / 36.79056°N 83.60528°W / 36.79056; -83.60528Coordinates: 36°47′26″N 83°36′19″W / 36.79056°N 83.60528°W / 36.79056; -83.60528
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Bell
Elevation 1,122 ft (342 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40958
Area code(s) 606
GNIS feature ID 495702[1]

Kettle Island is an unincorporated community and coal town in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. Kettle Island is located on Kentucky Route 1630 near Kentucky Route 221, 5.35 miles (8.61 km) east-northeast of Pineville.[2] Kettle Island has a post office with ZIP code 40958, which opened on March 15, 1912.[3][4] The community also had a station on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.[5]

There are two possible explanations for the community's name. The first is that early settlers did laundry in a common kettle on an island in Straight Creek. The second is that hunters used an iron kettle on the same island as a landmark.[5]

In 1930, an explosion at the Pioneer Mine in Kettle Island killed 16 miners.[6]


  1. ^ "Kettle Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ State Primary Road System: Bell County (PDF) (Map). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Postmaster Finder - Post Offices by ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 375. ISBN 9780813126319. 
  6. ^ "This Month in District 7 History". Mine Safety and Health Administration. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013.